A decades-long journalist for history enthusiast magazines and intermittent major feature contributor to the Chicago Tribune. A specialist in revealing the little-known or ignored but essential people, places, and great events essential to the victory in WW II. This led to publication on March 1, 2019 of The Hidden Places of World War II. The 355-page, hard-bound work published by Lyons Press/Rowman & Littlefield enters the existing but overlooked places that contributed to the victory. Instructor in adult continuing education in a north suburban Chicago college and a 48-year certified Chicago tour guide. A regular presenter for groups seeking expanded knowledge of World War II, Chicago history, architecture and neighborhoods. A Chicago native and the only son of Irish immigrants.
THE HIDDEN PLACES OF WORLD WAR II
With numerous never seen photos, the author brings readers into the war's real and existing locales overlooked or ignored over the decades. Events, such as FDR's active but little-known secret aid to beleaguered Britain, the deliberately provocative pre-war actions by the U.S. Navy, the pre-war transport of a British army division to the Far East are only some of the revelations adding to the history of the war. Enter the Portsmouth, England mansion where General Eisenhower ordered the D Day invasion, view the indestructible U-boat bases in France, walk the remains of scores of Eighth Air Force bases in England, see Bletchley Park, where the Nazi Enigma cypher device was broken, view Churchill's unchanged London war headquarters, and much more.
Awards and Recognition
- Author of the Year in 2000, by U.S, Naval Institute